there is/are (ada)

😦 In Australia there are many women receive the same salary as men.

A common mistake made by Indonesians is to include the ‘introductory subject’ (there is/there are) as well as another subject, before the verb in a sentence.

flag-of-indonesia This might be possible in Bahasa Indonesia, but in English you must choose either this:

🙂 In Australia many women receive the same salary as men.
(subject: many women)

..or this:

🙂 In Australia there are many women.
(subject: there are)

flag-of-indonesia Next time your head is telling you ‘ada..‘, stop and ask yourself whether you really need to use there is/there are. If you already have a subject, don’t use there is/there are!

PG

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